When a person goes to a doctor for treatment, especially for surgery, they expect their physician to operate to the best of their ability. Since even relatively minor surgical procedures can still carry a certain level of risk, surgeons and nurses must act with immense care and precision in order to avoid inflicting major harm to a patient. Unfortunately, surgeons and nurses do not always adhere to this standard of care, causing permanent injury or death to patients during surgery.
Some of the most common types of surgical mistakes include:
- Operating on the wrong site
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Leaving objects and instruments inside a patient
- Using unsanitary instruments during surgery
- Causing damage to nearby organs and tissues
- Causing permanent nerve damage from a physical or anesthetic error
When medical personnel act negligently and harm a patient, they may be held liable for any damages they should inflict, including the patient’s resulting medical expenses, reduced quality of life, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Complications vs. Errors – What Is the Difference?
It is important to remember that patients cannot simply sue their surgeon simply because they are unsatisfied with the results of their surgery. In order for a surgeon to be liable for medical malpractice, he or she must have violated the standard of care and operated in some sort of negligent fashion. In other words, the doctor must have failed to provide the type and level of care that an ordinary and prudent health care professional would have provided under similar circumstances. Likewise, unless a patient was not properly informed of all risks, they may not proceed to sue for experiencing an unpreventable complication during or after surgery.
Negligent actions for which surgeons can be held liable include:
- Medical incompetence
- Insufficient preoperative planning
- Taking shortcuts during surgery
- Failing to communicate with colleagues
- Operating while fatigued
- Operating while intoxicated
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If you or a loved one has been injured by a surgeon’s carelessness, get in touch with a Worcester medical malpractice attorney from The Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. today. Having fought to protect the rights of hundreds of injured clients throughout our firm’s lengthy practice, our top-rated advocates can guard your interests and fight to maximize your potential compensation.
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